The New Zealand Government’s strict quarantine requirements have led the Blackcaps to postpone their upcoming white ball tour of Australia.
New Zealand Cricket revealed on Wednesday that the Government had originally indicated it would relax its quarantine requirements by the time the four-match ODI and T20 series concluded on February 8 but the global spread of Omicron has delayed those plans.
New Zealand Cricket had worked with Cricket Australia to propose a change in schedule that would have allowed the Blackcaps to return home later than originally planned, but the Government informed New Zealand Cricket that it still could not guarantee when the cricketers would be permitted to enter the country.
As a result, the three ODIs and one-off T20 have been postponed and both CA and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will discuss when the postponed fixtures can be played. “We are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned, however we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series, “ CA boss Nick Hockley said.
“We thank NZC, who made every effort to make the series happen, however because they were unable to get certainty over return quarantine arrangements, it is simply just not possible at this time.
NZC chief executive David White said “the advent of Omicron” had resulted in hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers which players didn’t want to endure.
“NZC and CA had explored a proposal to expand the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand in the hope that might be more achievable for the Government. Unfortunately, we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a little longer before resuming the rivalry with our mates over the ditch,” Cricket Australia wrote on social media.
“Cricket Australia will soon confirm the schedule for the Dettol T20I series with Sri Lanka.”
Australia is currently scheduled to play three T20Is in New Zealand in mid-March, but it remains to be seen whether those matches will go ahead.
Australia last played New Zealand in ODIs in March of 2020.
The sides had been due to play a three-match series, but Covid-related complications meant that only the first match went ahead.